2022 annual meeting

 The common good is primarily a moral and political concept, dating back to ancient philosophy of society. The social sciences think differently about the possibility of its existence and extension. Sociology examines the public good and community goods primarily in terms of social consultation and action, and their individual and structural effects at the micro and macro levels. While the question of the common good is tacitly raised in professional sociological research on a wide variety of subjects - with the exception of critical theories - it rarely becomes an explicit issue. However, in a liminal period like the present one, it seems worthwhile to change this and to reflect together on the issue of the common good in connection with various social phenomena.

The crisis of liberal democracies, the devaluation of previously seemingly consensual values (such as social equality) or their infringement without consequences, and the transformation of political culture (passivity, radicalization, populism) all call for an examination of the transformation of the community thinking with regards to public good. Experts in social and community work draw attention to the restructuring of the common good, pointing out that the role of the state, which is reducing its social capacity, is increasingly being taken over by civilians and self-organizing groups. The reinterpretation of the common good is influenced by a number of ideologies, organizational and community practices, from social movements, to religious groups to the public. Understanding of their global and local dynamics is also an important task for sociology.

The aim of the conference is to focus on these social processes and understand them through large-scale studies and qualitative case studies. As well as to reflect on the theoretical, methodological set with which sociology can respond to these challenges.

All sociologists, social researchers and PhD students dealing with the above topic are welcome to attend the conference. MSZT membership is not a condition for applying for the conference (there will be differences in the participation fee). The language of the conference is basically Hungarian, but we also very welcome lectures, sections and panel discussions in English!

You can apply for the conference with section plans, with draft of semi-plenary panel discussions and presentations. (There will be 3 short, interrelated lectures in the semiplenar panel, followed by a moderated discussion). The application is done in two rounds. For the first time, we expect section plans and panel discussion plans, which will be reviewed by March 31, 2022. Then, in April and May 2022, after the publication of the final section schedule, you can apply for lectures.

We are planning the conference in personal attendance form!

Given the expected “tightness” of the program, we do not plan a time zone for separate Division Meetings. If you as a Division of the MSZT want to appear together, please submit section or panel designs that fit the theme of the conference.


Submission of section plans and panel plans: March 15, 2022.

Judgment of sections, decision on acceptance of panels: March 31, 2022

The final call for the submission of individual presentations with section plans and panel will be published on April 15, 2022.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2022.

Final conference program: June 30, 2022


  1. Invitation to sections and panel discussions:

The section plan includes: the title and topic of the section (250-500 words without bibliography), the language of the section, and the name of the section president and organizer. Formally incorrect section plans will be rejected.

The draft of the semiplenar panel discussions includes: the title and topic of the panel (250-500 words without bibliography), the language of the panel, the name of the panel organizer, the name and title of the 3 speakers and the name of the moderator. Formally incorrect plans will be rejected.

We especially encourage young researchers, doctoral schools and members of a large research project to submit draft panel discussions!

Section plans and panel plans are considered by the presidency of MSZT. Aspects of the assessment: the fit of the topic designation to the central topic; elaboration of theoretical and / or methodological background; the relevance of the draft.

Please submit session plans here: Application with section plan

Please submit panel plans here Application with panel plan


If you have any questions, please contact Noémi Loncsák on behalf of MSZT: loncsaknoemi@gmail.com

Budapest, February 4, 2022

The organizers:

The Hungarian Sociological Society and the Institute of Applied Social Sciences of the University of Miskolc Faculty of Arts and Humanities